Perfect for the Tweed Valley, the Santa Cruz Bicycles Hightower is the original do it all one bike quiver 29" wheel machine. Launched by Tweed Valley Bikes founder Chris Ball, the Hightower has been a part of the fabric of the Tweed Valley from its inception. Fast and efficient enough for a lap of the Glentress Red Route, a blast down Berm Baby Berm or an enduro assault at the Golfie on every trail from Flat White to Waterworld with some uplifts on Angry Sheep thrown in. If you want one bike for everything, the Hightower is the best you'll find.
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If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mix tape compilation, the Hightower is it. Featuring our lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this “Engineering Best Of...” assembles some of our biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion.
The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. More maneuverable than its longer-travel sibling, the Megatower, and more at home in the steep-and-chunky than its snappy cousin Tallboy, Hightower excels when the route covers ‘all points in between,’ and descents come courtesy of some big-ass climbs. The VPP suspension’s lower-link-mounted shock creates a nearly linear leverage curve, meaning it mops up bumps of all sizes and maintains the kind of progressivity normally reserved for our V10 DH bike!
140mm of rear travel complemented by a 150mm front end gives Hightower just a bit more front and rear travel over the first generation model. Combined with a slacker 65-degree head tube angle, the Hightower still sits squarely in the Goldilocks zone, but with a touch more “Oh sh*t get me out of here” capability when the porridge gets too hot!
Balancing stiffness and weight savings in all the right places is a hallmark of all Santa Cruz carbon frames and the Hightower flies the flag yet higher. The advanced composite chassis tracks well across all trail surfaces, holds a line, and is reactive to rider directions while isolating pedal-influenced inputs.
The Hightower also has a bonus disc to heighten the experience—the flip chip. In the High setting, the BB height is a little higher for those tricky tech trails and/or when Plus sized tires are required. In the Low position the shock rate is more progressive, to provide additional bottom-out resistance. Whatever mood you’re in, the tone of the Hightower can be adapted to meet your individual taste.
And speaking of taste, there’s a room for a water bottle inside the main frame and a threaded BB for convenience. There’s refined cable routing for better shifting performance, simpler installation, and no cable rub. On top of that, there’s a tailgate shuttle guard, downtube protector, shock fender, and noise-canceling chainstay protector keeping things quiet.
The lifetime frame warranty, lifetime pivot bearing replacement policy, and lifetime guarantee on the optional Reserve carbon wheels assures you that the Hightower will keep delivering the hits for years to come.
Specification C Frame XT Build Kit
- Carbon C
- Fox Perfomance Elite 36 150mm Travel
- RockShox Super Deluxe Select+
- Shimano XT M8100 12 spd Shifter
- Shimano XT M8100 12 spd Rear Derailleur
- Shimano XT M8100 30t Crankset
- Shimano XT M8100 12 spd 10-51t cassette
- Shimano XT 12 Spd Chain
- Shimano XT Bottom Bracket
- Shimano XT Brakes
- Shimano XT RT-86, Ice Tech, 203mm front/180mm rear Rotors
- Cane Creek 40 IS Integrated Headset
- Santa Cruz Carbon Bar
- Burgtec Stem
- Santa Cruz Palmdale Grips
- DT 350 15x110 32H
- DT 350 12x148 32H
- Race Face AR Offset 30 29" Rims
- DT Competition (32)
- Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
- Maxxis Minion DHR2 29"x2.4" 3C EXO TR
- Stans Sealant 2oz
- RockShox Reverb Stealth 31.6
- WTB Silverado Race Saddle
We're a small shop with a big history. All of our Guides, Coaches and Shop Staff are here to help you get exactly what you want and what you need. And if you're not sure about which new bike you want, pick up the phone, drop us a message or come and ride with us. Most of our bikes are available to hire and demo on the famous Tweed Valley trails.
The best gear, in one of the best riding locations on earth
All of our stock is hand picked by our Guides, Coaches and Shop staff to provide you the best performance, the best value and the best experience out on the trail with the lowest environmental impact available.
Based on Innerleithen High Street in the Tweed Valley our shop lies in the shadows of the infamous Golfie. AnEnduro World Seriesvenue and legendary in the UK mountain bike scene as one of the most prolific and exciting mountains to ride in the UK. The Tweed Valley and the 100+ km of trails that stretch out from our front door have proven to become a meca for gravel, MTB and road cycling and our staff are out, rain or shine experiencing it all. We're set up to provide you the best advice and select the products to stock that are the best value, best to ride, most eco friendly and will last you the longest out on the trail. Because that's exactly what we look for in our own gear too.
Our business began as Dirt School in 2006, a mountain bike coaching company set up to deliver the best learning and support a mountain biker could ever want. From World championship wins to the award winning BASE college course, we've experienced and forged it all. Our evolution led to the formation of Tweed Valley Guides and now Tweed Valley Bikes too, allowing us to help you buy the right equipment, and be able to ride with you on the best trails and help you learn how to get the most out of it. Our shop has genuinely grown from the trail.